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  • Writer's picturePatrick Mooty


The type of film that we don’t get enough of these days: exciting, engrossing and just plain fun

When injured stuntman Colt Seavers is hired to perform in his ex-girlfriend’s directorial debut, he is sent on a side-mission to track down the missing star of the movie that he is doubling for. Not wanting to get involved, but desperate for another chance with his ex, Colt gets in over his head as he falls deeper and deeper into the conspiracy.

The Fall Guy surprisingly mixes a few genres to great effect, delivering a lot of the key touchstones that people go to the movies for: nice romance, funny lines, and good action. Ryan Gosling and Emily Blunt are both incredibly likeable in their roles, their relationship being the main thrust of the movie, and the life of a stuntman is glamorised in the best way, made to look very cool and paying great respect to the profession.

The plot itself is pretty simple but has a lot to say about the hierarchies that exist in the film industry, Aaron Taylor-Johnson having a great time playing up the Hollywood douche role. Ironically, though, the film about stunt work, a profession that by its nature is fast-paced and lively, has a bit of a pacing problem. The film takes a little while to get going properly, held afloat only by Gosling and Blunt’s chemistry, and some scenes either feel overly expository or like a joke goes on a bit too long, resulting in a 2-hour runtime that really should have been a tighter 90-minutes.

Regardless, The Fall Guy is the type of film that we don’t get enough of these days: exciting, engrossing, and just plain fun. It may slow down at points, but its cool concept and love for the profession it depicts is overpowering.

Rating: 7/10

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